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Soren Camp Road #345A, AZ

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Difficulty 2.5 of 5
Distance One Way 3.8 miles
Trailhead Elevation 5,801 feet
Elevation Gain 1,173 feet
Accumulated Gain 1,400 feet
Kokopelli Seeds 8.47
Interest Seasonal Waterfall & Seasonal Creek
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Double Dragoon
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27  2012-05-23 MAVM
6  2011-01-30 PrestonSands
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Routes 16,052
Photos 24
Trips 1 map ( 6 miles )
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Overview
This hike begins at Middlemarch Road #345 (which can be driven in a car if dry), near Middlemarch Pass, and climbs through oak forest to the top of Soren Canyon along Forest Road 345A (see road conditions below). At the top of the canyon, the road reaches Soren Pass, where one can enjoy views in all directions from the crest of the Dragoon Mountains. From the pass, the road descends for another mile to the abandoned Abril Mine, where one can scramble downslope a short distance to the Slavin Gulch Trail #332. Soren Camp Road also can be used to make off-trail connecting hikes to China Peak, Cochise Peak, and Middlemarch Canyon.


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Soren Camp Road #345A is a narrow, high clearance 2wd road until mile 2.1, where it becomes 4wd. Beyond mile 2.7 (just before Soren Pass), the road becomes heavily eroded and steep, and is only accessible to high clearance 4wd jeeps.

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    Most recent Triplog Reviews
    Soren Camp Road #345A
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    Double Dragoon
    I made a trip down to our Cochise yard on Tuesday and ended up spending the night down there. Got all my work done, so that meant I could get a hike in Wednesday! As many times as I have been down this way over the years, I had still only hiked the Cochise Stronghold in the Dragoons, glad I could change that. I headed south to Middlemarch road in the trusty Nissan Quest hoping that the road would not prove too funky. As it turns out, the east side is a bit rough but very passable in a passenger vehicle (when dry), and the western portion is possibly one of the best dirt roads I have ever been on. I made my way up to Soren Camp road and parked shortly after the road junction. I started hiking up the road to the 'Trailhead' for Cochise. Nice temps in the morning, spring is finally starting to come to this part of the state. I followed the jeep road up to where the barbed wire fence is, I followed the fence up and eventually passed through a gate. Best bet is to stay just to the left of the barbed wire the whole way up, don't bother going through the gate. I got a little off track on the way up, but staying by the fence o the way back made for easier going. Nice little peak, a few scramble spots but all in all a decent bit of off trail. Took a nice break at the top enjoying some of the views, but the best was still to come. The summit jar was disintegrating, if anyone is coming up here anytime soon you should bring a new one! There are some nice campsites you pass on the way up Soren Camp road, I would imagine even some better ones once you get up the road further. I bumped my way down Middlemarch Pass over to forest road 4393 and parked in some shad to begin my next hike. The road up to Black Diamond is good and steep, and the temps were getting warmer with noon approaching. The track starts out nice and easy to follow, but then becomes a game trail that fades in and out. Nothing too hard to find, but it does traverse a pretty good slope, so watch your step. I was glad I brought my hiking stick along for this one, but I still ended up on my backside a few times thanks to the varied terrain, some loose rocks here and there, plus lots of vegetation to work your way around. Few things say fun like picking your way through the Catclaw and Manzanita, I left some donations along the way, and still have a few spines to dig out of my skin...The route up to the summit is not too difficult, there are a few false summits to negotiate around, but for the most part easy to find. I did not find a summit log up top, maybe I missed it. Took a quick break to enjoy the sweeping views of Southern Arizona and Mexico. So many mountains left to climb...I took a quick side trip tot he mine on the way back, but I just poked my head in the entrance. Looks like you could go quite a ways into this one if that is your thing, but I was solo and running short on time too. Chugged my way back down the forest road, and then continued westward down to Tombstone. Waved hello to a few BP agents blocking the road a few miles down and they let me pass by without any hassle. Took the 80 back through St. David and benson, and then back home by the I-10. Long day, but good to get these both in.

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    A few things in bloom, but it is just getting started down here.
    Soren Camp Road #345A
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    Morning, and the wind is ripping-away roofing, crashing about large potted plants - while bringing blooming Yucca to their knees... This is just how things are I thought to myself, as one must continually go into all kinds of weather as part the trekking life. The Dragoons, with a mild (yet steep) Hike & 4x4 pin-stripping adventure were on the mid-week block - regardless!

    It's a 90 minute drive one-way to the beginning (my chosen trailhead point) of the hike-about up Soren Camp Road (FR 345A) from my place. It seems that this route should be tucked away on the lee side of the range - at least until just below Soren Pass and the topside which is much like a mini-mesa @ about 7,000'. The surrounding Madrean Sky Islands were all but obscured by the amount of dust mixed with smoke from minor continual fire outbreaks around the Huachuca Mountains. None-the-less the view from the top was spectacular to say the least! Headin' back out to the 'Goons' Friday to kick-about on the lower portion of the western slope...in the shadow of the Sheepshead perhaps. Avg. Grade 70.8% GPS Route Available

    Note: The GPS Route associated with this Triplog is located at 'Soren Camp' which also functions as the Trailhead for Cochise Peak Trail seen to the ESE of the well structure...
    Soren Camp Road #345A
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    Deciding to walk the rough stuff rather than drive it, I parked my truck 0.7 miles past Sorin Camp, at a convenient turn around. I passed a 30+ foot dry waterfall and Pear Tank before making the last little climb up to Sorin Pass, on a very nasty stretch of road. The view from Sorin Pass was everything I had hoped for, and I went out to a nearby overlook point to enjoy the sunset. I took a ton of photos before hiking back at dusk down icy Sorin Canyon to my truck. Sorin Camp Road makes a great hike, and is a better choice than driving it in my opinion.

    The "very nasty" stretch of road before Sorin Pass: https://www.youtube.com/user/mattatexper ... vKCrEvfy6M

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    FR / Jeep Road - Car possible when dry

    To hike
    WEST ACCESS: (recommended) Take US 80 (south) from Benson. Turn left onto Middlemarch Road (one mile north of Tombstone), and follow it for 14.6 miles to Forest Road 345A (signed) on the left. Park here, or if you have a high clearance vehicle, you can drive farther up Forest Road 345A, but parking and turnaround spots become limited.

    EAST ACCESS : (Warning: can get very muddy after wet weather!) From Tucson, take I-10 east to US 191. Turn right (south) and drive approximately 20 miles south to Ghost Town Trail road on the right (just before the highway curves west). Turn right onto Ghost Town Trail and drive 1.1 miles to the 4-way intersection at the old town of Pearce. Turn right onto Pearce Road (Forest Road 345) and continue west, eventually staying left as the road becomes Middlemarch Road (still Forest Road 345). Continue to the switchback in the road, where Forest Road 345A (signed) departs on the right, about 10.1 miles past the old town of Pearce. Park here, or if you have a high clearance vehicle, you can drive farther up Forest Road 345A, but parking and turnaround spots become limited.
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